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Does everything have to be in boxes for movers?

Aug 25

You will pack your most important items in boxes when moving. They are durable, efficient, and convenient.

You may also have items that won't fit in the boxes. You may not have enough boxes to store all your belongings. You may have many items as packing containers (suitcases, bags, hampers, etc.). It may be a waste of space and costly to transport them empty. You may pack your items in containers or leave some unpacked.

You can do what you want if you are moving on your own. However, you might be worried if professional movers will move your belongings into boxes if you hire them.

Do all your items have to be packed in boxes? Are the pros willing to transport loose items, such as things that are not in boxes but have been packed in bags, baskets or buckets, or other packing containers?

It all depends on the company, but generally, moving companies require that customers pack their items in marked boxes.


Why are movers so insistent on everything being packed in boxes?

Moving household items is safer and easier when you pack them in boxes.


  1. It is easy to move boxes

It is very easy to pack a moving container.

You will need to prepare the box by folding it, lining it with protective materials, and strengthening its bottom with packing tape. Once you have assembled your items, cushion them with padding, so they don't move around in transit. Finally, seal the carton and secure it with tape. Label it with the contents and any handling instructions.

  1. The items inside moving boxes are protected well by these boxes

The moving boxes protect the items inside and keep them safe during the move.

  • The boxes are sturdy and strong, protecting the items inside from impact and shocks.
  • The contents of the boxes are enclosed so that dust and dirt cannot get into them.
  • Boxes can provide proper cushioning and immobilization. For example, they can be filled with cushioning material that absorbs vibrations and shocks. This will keep the boxes from shifting or coming into contact with each other during the move and protect the items from any damage.


  1. It is easy to stack moving boxes

Because of their uniform size, moving boxes are easy to stack.

  • You can safely stack boxes on a dolly. This will save you and your movers much time and effort when moving your items from your home to the truck or your new house upon arrival.
  • You can stack boxes neatly in your moving truck. This allows you to maximize space and ensure a tight load so that nothing moves or falls over during transport.


  1. It is easier to load and unload boxes items

A box can hold a lot of things. When moving a box from home to the truck, movers load all the items in one box. As mentioned, boxes can be easily stored on a moving dolly so multiple boxes can be rolled to the truck at once.

This makes loading much quicker and easier and saves you time. The same goes for unloading.

Packaging your belongings in boxes will protect them and make a move more efficient. Movers always look for safety and efficiency and want all items to be in boxes.


Good to know: Packing in boxes can save you money on your move

  1.  If your items are packed in boxes, loading and unloading take less time. This is why your moving costs will be lower if you charge by the hour, which is common for local moves.
  2. If everything is in boxes, it will be easier to maximize the space in the moving van


  • You can fit your items in a smaller van, so the rental fee will be lower if you rent a moving truck for your move.
  • A large truck will hold your shipment less, so if you share a truck with others (as often happens when moving across the country), your moving expenses will be lower because they are based on how much space your items take up in the truck.
  1. Boxed goods are less likely to be damaged during a move due to the above reasons. This means you will spend less on repairs and replacements after the move.

Did you know there was an app that could help you move? It will allow you to take a home inventory and keep you organized. You can even calculate your moving expenses.


What are the best items to pack in boxes?

You should always box items that fit in a box.

You should keep glasses, plates, cups, and bowls, as well as small kitchen appliances, electronic devices, lamps, books, magazines, toys, clothes, shoes, linens, etc., in a container.

This means you will need many boxes to move.

Although moving boxes are relatively inexpensive, you will pay a lot more if you purchase many of them. However, you don't have to buy new boxes for your belongings. Instead, you can find second-hand boxes that are free and suitable for fragile items and items that are not very valuable.


It's good to be informed:

  •  You should have extra boxes, whether you need new or used moving boxes. You might forget to pack certain items, be asked to repackage boxes for safety reasons, or decide to take something that you didn't want to. If you have no boxes or you are required to pack everything in boxes by your movers, they will either need to purchase them, or you can pay them to pack your items (or repack them) for you. It will be quite expensive.

  • Ensure fragile items are properly packed in boxes after they have been wrapped in bubble wrap, packing paper, or other protective materials. Fragile items are more likely to be damaged than items wrapped in protective coverings. Therefore, you must ensure that all breakables are securely packed in sturdy moving boxes.


Custom crating is a good option for fragile or oversized items. A professional mover can create a wooden crate exactly the right size for your item. The sturdy crate will protect the item from any damage and be custom-fitted to fit the item's dimensions. Although custom crating can be costly, it is the best option for moving fragile valuables.


  • Movers will not be held responsible for items they pack.


Are movers allowed to move items in other than boxes?

It doesn't matter how helpful it is to pack boxes. Some items are just too large to be boxed up. Your movers will move these items. They will wrap them in bubble wrap, moving blankets, or other protective materials to keep them safe and secure them in the truck so that they don't move or tip over in transit.

The pros might or may not be willing to accept smaller items that have been unpacked or those packed in bags, suitcases, hampers, or any other improvised packaging containers.

Each company has its policies, so it is important to talk to your mover about the matter. It's also a good idea to have their box policy in writing to avoid misunderstandings.

Moving long distances requires that everything be packed into a box. In certain cases, however, they might agree to transport things not in boxes:


  • Local moves are less risky than long-distance moves. Your goods won't be on the roads for too long, so your chances of damage will be lower.
  • If the items not in boxes are not easily damaged, they are unlikely to cause any damage to other items in a moving truck.

Remember that movers will not move any items that aren't allowed, regardless of whether they were packed in boxes. Do you need everything to go in boxes? It is not necessary, but it is highly recommended.